But… but… but…. Obamacare means insurance costs will go down! Bend the cost curve down! Right? RIGHT?!?
AARP’s endorsement helped secure passage of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Now the seniors’ lobby is telling its employees their insurance costs will rise partly as a result of the law.
In an e-mail to employees, AARP says health care premiums will increase by 8 percent to 13 percent next year because of rapidly rising medical costs.
And AARP adds that it’s changing copayments and deductibles to avoid a 40 percent tax on high-cost health plans that takes effect in 2018 under the law. Aerospace giant Boeing also has cited the tax in asking its workers to pay more. Shifting costs to employees lowers the value of a health care plan and acts like an escape hatch from the tax.
Wait! WAIT! Tax?!? A tax would have been applied? But… Obama hasn’t raised taxes! Chris Matthews and Rachel Maddow said so!!!!
Ah, yes, but the people who are responsible for actually accounting for these things know – and knew – quite differently. Which begs the question of what they knew when they were urging their membership to support the passage of Obamacare now that they are landing the consequences of that law onto the heads of their employees. I guess people didn’t really take Pelosi at her word that that they’d certainly find out what was in the law after it was passed.
Well, hey. What were those employees going to do with that 8-13% of the money they earned, anyway? I mean, they’ve probably already made enough money, right Obama?